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3D model brings local student’s illustration to life

26 June 2014

John Edwards

Richard Hamilton BA (Hons) Illustration

An illustration student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has used his passion for model-making to bring to life his very own children’s story.

Richard Hamilton from Bamber Bridge submitted a unique model tiger alongside his story, ‘The Paper Tiger’, as part of his honours project for his BA (Hons) Illustration degree.

Having entered the 2014 Macmillan Prize, the 22-year-old was tasked with designing a children’s book. ‘The Paper Tiger’ tells the story of a young boy who desperately wants a pet tiger and decides to make one out of paper. The boy gets his wish when the tiger comes to life and joins him on an adventure which doesn’t go to plan.

Commenting on the storyline, Richard said: “I really liked the idea of using a wild animal in a domestic environment, but one that wasn’t tamed. I also wanted to tell the story of a duo, so that they could bounce off each other. The story evokes emotion and it has substance, which gives a maturity to the plot.”

"I also wanted to tell the story of a duo, so that they could bounce off each other. The story evokes emotion and it has substance, which gives a maturity to the plot.”

There is an autobiographical element to the story, as just like the little boy, Richard also made his own tiger. His 3D model uses a cardboard for the frame, which is covered in paper to bring to life the tiger’s features.

The former Runshaw College student drew on a range of influences in order to present his final piece.
He added: “I was doing a lot of research and came across a story on the internet of a family in Brazil who had eight tigers living in their house and I liked the idea of the boy making the tiger.

“I've made several fully functioning Iron Man suits with working electronics, and a replica Batman suit but I never expected to make a 3D version of the tiger. During the process my bedroom was identical to a scene in the book, so it reflected the boy’s journey in the story.”